LOTR MMO game date finally forged

Midway's Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar goes to battle on April 24; preorders get special subscription rates, beta access.

Moviegoers who thought Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films were long have nothing on gamers who have waited for the Lord of the Rings massively multiplayer online role-playing game. At the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Vivendi Games (then Vivendi Universal Games) announced that it would publish Middle-earth Online, a LOTR-inspired PC game developed by Turbine, in 2004.

We've been walking through this forest for, like, three years. I want some action!

The game was delayed to 2005 for fine-tuning and was subsequently delayed again to 2006, at which point VU jumped ship and Turbine decided to publish the game on its own and give it a new name. In early 2006, Midway Games, looking to expand its presence in the PC market, signed on to copublish the game, which finally went into its closed beta testing in late 2006.

But there can only be one...release date, that is, and it's almost time for LOTR fans to open their boxed, mint-condition Gandalf-emblazoned mousepads. Midway and Turbine have marked off April 24 as the launch date for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

Midway and Turbine are also offering a deal for those who know they will be trudging through The Shire for years to come. The two publishers are setting up the Founder's Program for gamers who preorder the MMO game, with special subscription rates and other goodies as incentives.

Gamers who preorder LOTR Online will have the option of choosing a special monthly subscription rate of $9.99 or a lifetime membership for a one-time fee of $199. Turbine and Midway have not yet revealed the standard monthly fee for the game.

Those who put money down early will also receive access to the open beta scheduled for March 30, character rollover from the beta to the live servers, and two in-game items--the Enchanted Cloak of Regeneration and the Ring of Agility.

The preorder program begins February 1. For more information, head over to the LOTR Online official Web site or read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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isaacs360
isaacs360

I CANT WAIT TO VISIT THE SHIRE !! ^_^

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

[quote="RaiKageRyu"]Sorry, I see no need for LOTR MMORPG.[/quote] Bu-bu-but you can play as Frodo! :?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Sorry, I see no need for LOTR MMORPG.

d12malu
d12malu

I really have no urge to visit the LotR universe. After sitting through Peter Jackson's trilogy, reading all 1200 pages of the book, and playing a few video games based on LotR, how could you not be sick of this already. Im ready for something else besides elves, dwarves, and wizards. Bring on World of Starcraft already!

tarv4973
tarv4973

This game will defintitely steal a ton of pvm gamers from WoW. Especially the more mature players. This game is so much more polished then WoW was at the same point in beta.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

"lifetime membership" maybe bliz should do that with WoW..... i'll prob pass on this LOTR game tho.

SWGruler
SWGruler

Ottozero, probably not soon because it takes a while to make an mmo. If there was an mmo for 360 you probably wont see one until 08, and I havent heard of any mmos for 360/PC..just PC irc_addicts I agree with you. Although I do live in the US I have been to europe and Australia a couple times and notice they get our products much later than we do. Kinda strange this day in age with downloadable content and such, but hopefully it will change. Though not all companies release stuff at different times, so maybe it's changing for the better lol.

irc_addicts
irc_addicts

Well so much for anyone who does NOT live in the US or Canada because as USUAL we get screwed. When WILL companies learn the market IS BIGGER than the US and Canada. From the lotr site "this Founder's Program offer is available to players located in the U.S. and Canada only." I WOULD of been happy to sign up for this but can't AS USUAL. I see we have the usual wow fanboys bashing a game thats not even out yet. wow is dieing and there nothing you can do about it. deal with it.

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

Well keep in mind this is actually a hell of a deal. If you pre-order the game, not only do you get a chance to Beta it before it comes out, (to see if you like it or not) but you also don't have to start paying the Membership fee until AFTER you get the finished product. Which means if you hate it, drop your pre-order, and if you love it, pay $200 to play from now to whenever. If you're ever the type to pick up old MMO's again (for instance I have frequently played City of Heroes or EVE for a month or so at a time) then this deal would be great as you never have to re-sign up for the monthly fee again

thebestever1232
thebestever1232

This has been attempted too many times and is sure to fail. Nobody could ever recreate the world created by Tolkien. Tolkien is a god and thus infallible unlike these second rate game makers. Seriously leave this man's world alone.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

cant stop playing burning crusade mmmmmmm

Hokage00
Hokage00

A LOTR MMO??!! That is just stupid!!

STARS_Splinter
STARS_Splinter

having played the Euro stress test for a while I have to say, Im pretty impressed with what Turbine have done here. They've managed to pick the ease of play and entertainment factor from WoW, couple it with the excellent use of instanced areas from DDO, and thrown in some excellent story telling techniques that hark back to Asheron's Call 2. And the result? a thoroughly entertaining game that already feeling pretty polished, and theres a long way to go.

xelloss88
xelloss88

If its 200+ the game that would be sweet.

Ottozero
Ottozero

Is this game gonna be like WOW or more like D&D online. One question though why preorder it and sign up for a lifetime payment if You (or I ) havent had a chance to even check it out....it could suck just like everquest ( sorry fanboys of everquest). On the topic of MMOs is there any decent ones comming to Xbox360 (FF11 and PSU dont cut it )

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

won't be a game that I'll get but it it does seem like it could be cool

mismajor99
mismajor99

Well, maybe they can tap into an entirely different segment of the market, besides WoW players of course. Don't forget about all the LOTR's fans out there that don't even play Video Games to begin with. This is where they need to concentrate on, new gamers. There are millions of them out there, they only need to grab a percentage of them, along with casual gamers and I think they might have something good going for them.

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

Oh no. Most LOTR fans already play WoW. This will be disastrous for the world economy....

kilaan
kilaan

$260 bucks for a game that I have never played with Turbines track record? (Asherons Call 2, comes out with an expansion and 1 month later close the whole game down.) I will laugh when they get suckers to pay that and close the game down 1-2 months later.

Thranin
Thranin

Great game, great deal, pre-ordering ASAP.

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

Since this game is not coming to the 360 it is a pile of crap and no one will buy it.

TryMe01
TryMe01

after continuing delays, how will this game fair once it is finally released? About three months before we all find out...

-XRogueX-
-XRogueX-

Im in the beta for this game, and its nothing special, i was really hyped for it, but the beta has let me down.

Beesond
Beesond

Lifetime payment eh..? Sounds kinda dangerous. First off, I do play lots of WOW lots lots lots. I am not a huge fan of LOTRs, I read the books and watched the movies (and really liked em) but I still feel skeptic about it. Dropping 200 bucks on a game you could potentially play for years is a sweet deal (WOW for 2.5 years ~30 months for the math impaired~ = 14.99 x 30 = $449.70 YOUCH!!!! Then agian I do feel like I get my 15 bucks of fun a month so I don't mind). But had someone told me I could of paid a one time payment... KICK ARSE! That would be 300 geens in my pocket. But how do you find out wether or not you are going to play this for years... you cant. GuildWars looked awesome, was also rated as awesome also, yet I hated it, while many embraced it heavily. I didn't play any of the Warcraft games and really dont care too, yet I love the WOW. All I am saying its a helluva a gamble. So much so I will stick with WOW, but given time if this game is awesome from what I read and hear I will deffeintely try it, but it will be to late for the lifetime subscription. Plus in my eyes, LOTRs had a deep, dark story, with a sense of danger and urgency and I think any Developer/Publisher/whoever would be extremely hard pressed to replicate that mood in game. You know what.... screw WOW and LOTR I am gonna save all my money for the first Virtual Reality MMO.... VRMMORPG..... LMAO

blazealot420
blazealot420

That's not a bad deal, 9.99$ is five cheaper then pretty much every other more recent mmo; and if you really like the game you can buy the lifetime subscription, might be a lot to drop at once but if your a hardcore lotr fan or hardcore mmo player and plan on sticking with this mmo for awhile its definitely cheaper in the long run.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

i wonder how Midway will work this franchise.

NoLimitJay1
NoLimitJay1

I hope more MMOs offer a lifetime payment option. I would do that in a heartbeat.

fionndruinne
fionndruinne

Peewee, it's not a movie adaptation. There happens to be a book series, did ya know that?

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

we dont need another mmo game... i think we just need at least 2 or 3 mmo game worldwide thats all

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i dont want to play this game. i didn't like galaxies and i probably won't like this. movies don't ranslate well into mmorpgs...unless grinding is your thing

eckertt001
eckertt001

I'm just sick of LoTR, it's beating a dead horse.

twoism
twoism

Asides from the lifetime membership, the pre-order incentives are actually pretty good, and quite a clever way of insuring the game will start off with a bang. It's almost like asking [WoW addicts] to try out the game for at least a month before they brush it aside. And for those who intend to try it out anyway don't have anything to lose.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

that one time payment is a good idea...but then if it sells as much as wow than it wont be able to make as much money as it possible could.

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

Preordering means you're in the tank for the game before it's released. And hence, before the reviews come in. Before we know if the game is any good. There's no way I'd pay $200 to preorder a game that might suck.

jmanw
jmanw

$200 is a good deal. $15 amonth = $200 for a year....so $200 one time purcahse is a bargain, if this is a good game. For me it's perfect because 1. I have the money and, 2. I tend to play games alot longer than the expected play time.

latosephy
latosephy

199 bucks for a lifetime it is too much !!! it should have been 150 or even less also D&D sucked...

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

ZOMGWAFFLE its not WoW so it going to be so pwned by the 8millon morons who are closed minded and dont know how to try new things over the boring Alliance/Horde cluster**** that is WoW

JcNasty
JcNasty

lol took me 2 hrs to down it is 2 gigs

blackace
blackace

It's from Turbine. That's enough to keep me away. Remember AC2 and D&D Online? Bah.. Even though AC2 was decent when it was first released, but didn't have enough content. Turbine butchered that game and when subscribers left in droves, they tried to save it and failed. I love LOTR, but won't waste my money on this game. I'm too busy playing the WoW expansion now anyways. Plus I still have Guild Wars to play. Who needs LOTR. I'll check the forums though, so I can see just how bad this game really is.

FlaminDeath
FlaminDeath

i was gonna give this game a chance and try the stress test 15 hours of failed downloads later im officially sick of this game before i ever started it its just not worth another 5 hr download

BigC_072
BigC_072

I think $149 would be a much more reasonable lifetime fee.

lort_is_cool
lort_is_cool

My god i have been waiting so long for this news "Nerd"

kingyoto
kingyoto

sounds cool you guys are negative.

typo
typo

I'll give it a shot this weekend during the stress test. I don't expect much, but you never know.